Category Archives: Food

Norovirus, The GOP, And Public Health Policy, Oh My!

Admittedly, the norovirus outbreak at the Republican National Convention has led to all sorts of ‘shitshow’ jokes, but there really are policy and political angles to this. As we’ve noted many, many, many, many times, the greatest norovirus vector–in English, … Continue reading

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Owl Restaurants

There’s a hilarious article in Washington City Paper about the translations of the Chinese names for D.C.’s Chinatown restaurants. According to local law, stores in Chinatown must translate their names and some other signage into Chinese. Mind you, calling Chinatown … Continue reading

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Anonymity and Food-Borne Pathogen Investigations

A while ago, there was a bit of a scandal as the D.C. location of Fig & Olive, a rather expensive restaurant was briefly shutdown due to Salmonella outbreak that sickened dozens. In D.C., a Freedom of Information Act was … Continue reading

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D.C. Seems To Be Driving Itself A Little Bonkers Over the Prospect Of No Tipping

Recently, some of the more prominent D.C. restaurants have considered eliminating tips, which has lead to discussions about tipping. Needless to say, The Washington Post‘s Richard Cohen goes Full Metal Prima Nocta. What I don’t get is why this is … Continue reading

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Foodborne Illness and Naked Self-Interest

Well, we’re nearing winter time, and that means…norovirus! Which is also known as winter vomiting disease and is every bit as fun as it sounds. When it comes to sick leave, I am utterly baffled by conservative opposition to it. … Continue reading

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Clear-Cut Fishing

A few years ago, in a post about a reconstructed fish weir–a fence used to trap fish–I noted that, historically, this was a good strategy: Every year, a fishweir is reconstructed on the Boston Common (more information is available here). … Continue reading

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An Abomination Unto the Lord: The Pastrami Edition

We are damned apikorism (boldface mine): It is possible to wander into Harry & Ida’s Meat and Supply Co., a delicatessen and provisions shop that opened in June in the East Village, with expectations of nothing more than a good … Continue reading

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